Up And Down The Coast, Pac-12 Lunch Links: Cunningham Another Westbrook?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Jared Cunningham #1 of the Oregon State Beavers goes up for a shot between Kevin Parrom #3 and Lamont Jones #12 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Certainly some diversity in Pac-12 news today: Football offseason updates, playoff talk, NBA draft, baseball. Hope you enjoy:

  • On Sunday, the Pac-12 celebrates its first birthday. Ted Miller looks back on year one. [ESPN Pac-12 blog]
  • The "Big Six" bowls could make New Year's Day relevant again. [CBSSports.com]
  • Chris Huston explains why he's not in favor of a college football playoff: "The advent of a playoff carries the danger of turning college football into a pale imitation of the NFL." [Heisman Pundit]
  • USC wide receiver Robert Woods is wearing a custom-fitted brace on his injured right ankle to prevent lingering inflammation. [Orange County Register]
  • Former Washington basketball players Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten were selected in the first round of last night's NBA Draft, No.8 and No. 25, respectively. [Seattle Times]
  • Ex-Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham was also taken in round one -- No. 17 overall by the Dallas Mavericks. Could he be another Russell Westbrook. Rick Carlisle says yes. [RealGM]
  • Next season, Arizona State basketball will feature six new scholarship players, including two transfers. [AZCentral.com]
  • Former UCLA starting pitcher Trevor Bauer made his MLB debut last night with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander tossed 74 pitches through four innings at Atlanta. [Phoenix New Times]

For everything related to Pac-12 football, basketball and Olympic sports, stay tuned to Pacific Takes or follow us on Twitter.

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